The Pacific Island Community Trust was founded in 1989 by a few Pacific island settlers in Gisborne who shared a common vision to support each other and any other pacific island families moving into the district.
With the support of local and central government bodies and in collaboration with other key agencies the Trust secured a house on Palmerston Road. The centre provided the home for the Trust and its team of volunteers to provide effective services to the Pacific Island Community in Tairawhiti.
Today the Trust employs a Finance/Administrator and a Family Support Worker and continues to provide social services which include but are not limited to fanau support, advisory services, budgetting, primary health promotions, free health check days, family violence workshops, programmes for its elderly and youth education. The Trust in collaboration with church and community leaders also organise special events which bring the whole pacific community together.
On the 18th August 2014 the Honourable Tariana Turia launched the Aere Tai Nework in Hamilton. Our trust - PICT: Pacific Islanders' Community Trust of Gisborne was one of four small rural Pacific Organisations that became part of this network. This network consists of seven Pacific health, education and social service providers in the Midlands region of New Zealand. The network is made up of three large Urban Pacific Organisations - K'aute Pasifika, South Waikato Pacific Island Community Services and Tauranga Pacific People's Trust; and four smaller rural Pacific Island Organisational Trusts. The others are King's Force Health Charitable Trust - Hawkes Bay, Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust and Taranaki Pasifika Services Trust.
As a small rural organisation we knew and were advised - that to access larger funding and increase our capacity to meet the needs of our people we would have to work collaboratively with other organisations. We are now doing that.